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Sumptuous Stay in Quebec's Swish Eastern Townships

By October 25, 2013

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Remote, aristocratic, and luxuriously cozy, Manoir Hovey is a lakeside retreat in Quebec's swanky Eastern Townships, a largely Francophone region south of the Saint Lawrence River and just north of Vermont.

A member of the prestigious French hotel association Relais & Châteaux, the Manoir Hovey is exceptionally service-oriented, features superlative cuisine, is beautiful to look at, comfortable and luxurious.

The manor was originally built as a vacation home for a wealthy southern family who modelled it after George Washington's house in Mount Vernon, Virginia. Today, 37 guest rooms are not only in the main building but have been creatively custom fit into former servants' quarters, the ice house, pump house, electric house and caretaker's residence. The Tap Room - formerly the coach house - is an on-site pub with a fireplace big enough to do a cartwheel in.

The lakeside Manoir Hovey is perfect for a romantic getaway, but is suitable for families with older or at least well behaved children. We took our kids ages 8 and 10 for a special weekend that included their first really fine dining experience.

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